Victory-YES

Victory-YES

Wow!  Another big win for the Phils with Micheal Tucker stepping up in the top of the ninth with the go ahead RBI while pinch hitting for Todd Pratt.  Shane Victorino came up next and hit his first major league home run and it couldn't have come at a better time.  You have to love the bottom of the bench really stepping it up late in September.  The Phils take this key series in Atlanta by beating them today 4-0.

I know its cliche but this was a must win for the Phils with Houston topping Pittsburgh today.  Props to Jimmy Rollins setting the Phillies modern (post 1900) hitting streak by reaching 27 straight games.  Jon Lieber pitched a great game today by going 8 strong and shutting down the Bravos.  Billy Wags was all business in the 9th to combine for the shutout.

Bobby Abreu seemed to come up gimpy after sliding into home as the go ahead run.  Let's hope he is okay.  Also worth noting was the questionable decision by Bobby Cox to allow Hudson to bat in the 8th with a man on third.  The seemingly infallible Cox seemed to make a big mistake there.

Houston has three straight day games in Chicago so plenty of score board watching in the next few days.  Let's go Cubbies!

Topps cover man Claude Giroux answers U.S.-Canada questions

Topps cover man Claude Giroux answers U.S.-Canada questions

Claude Giroux spent Friday signing virtual autographs as the cover athlete for Topps NHL Skate 2017, a new onilne digital trading card game. Remember when trading cards came in a bubble gum pack? 

After the event, Giroux sat down with CSN's Michael Barkann on Philly Sports Talk for a game of “Who Does It Better: Canada or the United States?”

The game started off with a few easy softball questions, with Giroux picking the NFL over the Candian Football League. Then it got a little tougher, as Giroux chose Canadian hockey over U.S. hockey.

Despite talents like Drake and Shania Twain, Giroux went with the U.S. over Canada in music, and also chose American bacon over Canadian bacon.

Eventually, Barkann asked Giroux which beer he preffered.

“I don’t drink beer," Giroux responded.

Really? What Canadian doesn't like beer?

As he started to get up out of his seat after the interview, Giroux showed his true colors. “I love beer. I love beer,” he said.

Check out the video above to see the full game. 

Wayne Gretzky defends Connor McDavid's outburst over Brandon Manning

Wayne Gretzky defends Connor McDavid's outburst over Brandon Manning

PALM BEACH, Fla. — As the primary target of opponents over his Hall of Fame career, Wayne Gretzky can certainly empathize with the frustration of Oilers star Connor McDavid.

McDavid and Flyers defenseman Brandon Manning jostled all evening long in a 6-5 Edmonton loss. McDavid denounced the tactics of his opponent after the game, claiming Manning intentionally injured him last season; McDavid missed 37 games with a broken collarbone.

"I guess we can put the whole 'if he did it' thing to rest because what he said out there kind of confirmed that," said McDavid, who taunted Manning after scoring the second goal in the Oilers' loss.

"I think anybody who knows me or who has played with or against me along the road here, knows that I am not that kind of player," Manning said, according to a statement released by the Flyers. "I am not out there intentionally trying to hurt people. I'm a guy who plays the game hard and I take pride in that."

Gretzky didn't mind seeing that fire in McDavid, saying competitiveness is part of what makes the great ones great. And he said the targeting comes with the territory of being a superstar. It was something he and Mario Lemieux dealt with, too.

"And Connor, he's going to get tested every night, but this is not new for him," Gretzky said Friday at the NHL board of governors meetings. "He's been tested since he was a kid and then playing junior hockey and now in the NHL and he's always responded and done his part."